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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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1,655 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 66
Gots: 84 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt brewed in tribute to Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider 1925-1966).

(Beer added by: mcallister on 06-07-2006)
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NWer

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured nice dark bronze color. Good head retention.
Very powerful taste. Overwhelmingly thick flavors. Hops up front followed by smooth, sweet malty backbone.
Pleasant aftertaste. Drinks way too easy to be a 10% ABV beer.
Incredible. Local beer store was clearing it out and I bought the last one. Will be on the lookout for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 04:28:09 | More by NWer
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HellOnAStick

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-30-2012 01:31:07 | More by HellOnAStick
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kruthy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17%

01-28-2012 22:28:35 | More by kruthy
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Skunkdrool

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-27-2012 19:41:48 | More by Skunkdrool
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-26-2012 19:41:36 | More by djrn2
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ales4baldo

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-25-2012 18:45:06 | More by ales4baldo
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +17%

01-25-2012 05:34:42 | More by shagal
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Ford1873

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-25-2012 02:17:20 | More by Ford1873
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b33rb1tch

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-23-2012 12:14:30 | More by b33rb1tch
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-23-2012 06:02:22 | More by imperialking
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gustogasmic

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, dark, barely clear red. Light yellowy thin head shows up quick and sticks. Oily.

S- Harsh, sweet, dark fruit. cherry. The power of the beer is palpable... the alcohol stings a bit.

T- Sweet hops all over the place, dark fruit, pomegranate, brought home by the overwhelming sweetness. Oh my god i forgot this was a RYE pa. HOW IS IT SO SMOOTH!? OH MY GOD@!!!

M- Velvety, soft, smooth, comforting, light, luscious, soft, so soft

O- How is a rye beer this unabrasive? This is candy, too smooth to be called safe. Earthy candy, strong nectar

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 08:28:29 | More by gustogasmic
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RWNewhouse

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-20-2012 22:41:54 | More by RWNewhouse
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beergypsy21

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-18-2012 21:56:40 | More by beergypsy21
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hiku7

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light rust to burgundy. 1-finger cream to tan head. Not very good retention, but a foamy layer remained.

Sweet toffee and caramel dominate the aroma, followed by peppery rye, lemon citrus, some light fruity esters, and some alcohol warming. Not as hoppy as I expected considering it claims to be a DIPA.

Flavor is mostly caramel and toffee, some peppery rye, and an earthy hop finish, without a lot of hop flavor. Malt is dominant, with the alcohol hidden well.

Full bodied, big maltiness, with mild foamy carbonation. Significant residual sweetness.

Overall, this is more like a rye barley wine than a DIPA. Surprisingly malt heavy, but an enjoyable brew all the same.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:31:26 | More by hiku7
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rudy0908

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-17-2012 21:42:43 | More by rudy0908
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wgfxkmf

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +23.2%

01-17-2012 05:02:18 | More by wgfxkmf
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rodney45

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Cask at The Blind Tiger NYC.

A: Dark red. Big tan colored head.

S: Massive pine and citrus.

T: First notes are of pine needles, citrus and grapefruit. Backnote of crystal malt, vanilla and lemon. Wet aftertaste with alcohol esters.

M: Heavy body, with low carbonation. Very bitter.

O: Since this beer was on cask it was experienced at room temp. This really brought forth the flavor profile that would have been hidden by the taste dampening of normal tap temperatures. Really excellent beer.

Serving type: cask

01-16-2012 01:54:44 | More by rodney45
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-15-2012 19:37:00 | More by nickfl
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KarlSpackler

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-14-2012 02:57:07 | More by KarlSpackler
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electtodefer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-13-2012 23:25:33 | More by electtodefer
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-13-2012 15:37:26 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This had quite the foaming action. Looks like a lighter form of Guinness with more intense bubble action. Very distince red-brown that is pretty bright.

Smell: Strong pine hops, caramel, and clear notes of rye.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I gotta give perfect points of flavor. Is this a rye beer? Is this an IPA? Somehow it's both and yet...neither. It has the herbal fruitiness of a good rye without the cloying burnt bitterness that some have. It has clear earthy pine notes of an intense IPA, yet it is not too bitter or sour and does not overwhelm the malty rye notes. Mouthfeel is definitely substantial enough to hold the flavors, but is not to syrupy.

Overall Drinkability: This is not a gateway beer if you don't like anything with rye or anything bitter. It is by no means the most intense in either category, but I suggest tackling one flavor at a time first.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 05:31:30 | More by tjsdomer2
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pirmannt1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

01-10-2012 06:55:23 | More by pirmannt1
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jriggins6

Colorado

5/5  rDev +23.2%

01-09-2012 13:31:12 | More by jriggins6
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2378GCGTG

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass at 48 degrees

Appearance: 2 inch white head with great lacing and retention. A beautiful Mahogany/Red brown color

Smell: Honey, malt, caramel, figs, butter, rye, and spice

Taste: Sweet honey, and thick caramel flavors predominate, with malty brown sugar undertones fading into a well balanced hop flavor, the hops accentuate the dark fruits in the middle taste and give way to a clean bitter hop rye finish

Mouth: A velvetty smooth and clean beer. This is light on the tongue with the perfect amount of carbonation. IT's hard to believe that this beer is 10% ABV, I don't taste any hint of it.

Overall: This is a great RIPA, I will certainly be buying this again when I see it available, hopefully it gets distributed in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 13:09:06 | More by 2378GCGTG
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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